What's New in Milwaukee County
County Executive Chris Abele and County Board Vice Chairwoman Marcelia Nicholson proclaim racism is a public health crisis. Leaders are taking steps to achieve racial equity throughout Milwaukee County.
Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele wants to tell the story about how Milwaukee County is changing lives and strengthening communities with its innovative approach to youth justice. Called Project Rise, the collaborative, evidence-driven strategy has inspired several initiatives to transform the county’s approach to youth justice.
“More than any other year, this has been a highly collaborative process to create a budget that balances our most critical needs and biggest priorities against the massive financial constraints we’re working under,” Abele said.
Meet Your County Executive
County Executive Chris Abele’s forward-thinking, yet pragmatic, vision is to create a model government that promotes social and racial equity and makes fiscally sustainably investments in critical priorities such as public safety, community health, senior and veterans services, and transportation infrastructure, among many others. He is also committed to maintaining essential amenities that support Milwaukee’s unique flavor and quality of life such as our award-winning parks system, museums, and other cultural institutions.
Abele seeks to engage business leaders, community leaders, government, law enforcement, non-profits, faith leaders and healthcare organizations in these efforts. Finding partners in every corner of our community is key to empowering more people and improving outcomes in our communities.
For more than two decades, County Executive Abele has been a successful business owner. He currently runs a growing real-estate company and venture fund that has created net new jobs and attracted new business to Milwaukee. Most recently, County Executive Abele started Ward 4, the city’s largest start-up hub, which aims to spur economic development through creation of a space for early-stage companies.
County Executive Abele is also dedicated to personal philanthropy and volunteer work that has included serving on and leading numerous local, national and international nonprofit boards. He currently serves on the Boys & Girls Clubs of America, Schools that Can-Milwaukee, and the Milwaukee Film Festival, which he co-founded. He has received numerous awards for his effective leadership and speaks regularly on leadership, philanthropy and nonprofit best practices.
County Executive Abele was first elected in 2011, and re-elected in 2012 and 2016.